Ashibumi - Setting the Stance · Douzukuri - The Making of the Torso · Image Training · Kai - the Full Draw · Kyudo · Nobiai · Uchiokoshi: Raising the Bow

Be a Tree

Be a tree. Put yourself in the ground and be a tree. Let your waist be submerged in the ground, with your long legs as roots reaching down and out deep. Sprouting from the ground is our torso, built around the shaft of our spine that reaches straight up to the sky. Our arms are… Continue reading Be a Tree

Budo/Martial Arts · Dai-San · Douzukuri - The Making of the Torso · Kyudo · Tsumeai - Correct Form · Uchiokoshi: Raising the Bow

Raise Elbows in Daisan Phase

    Here I am going to talk about the phase of daisan (the “two-thirds draw” shown in the picture above). Specifically, I’m going to speak on how raising our elbows while moving into the daisan phase will help us shoot a straight arrow using the proper posture of our bodies instead of just the… Continue reading Raise Elbows in Daisan Phase

Budo/Martial Arts · Douzukuri - The Making of the Torso · Kyudo

How to Prevent Shoulder Pain in Kyudo

How to prevent right shoulder pain in kyudo: 1.) Don’t raise the shoulder (particularly in the phases of uchiokoshi and daisan) 2.) Don’t pull your right elbow behind your back (pull it directly to the side, pushing it outwards with your shoulder blades standing straight up) 3.) Protect proper posture made with the kihontai (fundamental… Continue reading How to Prevent Shoulder Pain in Kyudo

Douzukuri - The Making of the Torso · Kyudo · Reigi - Etiquette · Taihai - Ceremonial Movements

The Importance of Taihai Part II: Toriyumi Posture

Welcome to Part II of this short series investigating the importance of taihai. In the last post I talked about what taihai is, and here I would like to talk about the importance of the toriyumi posture on taihai. Just to review, taihai are basically all the movements we perform in the shooting area before,… Continue reading The Importance of Taihai Part II: Toriyumi Posture

Douzukuri - The Making of the Torso · Hanare - Release · Kyudo

Wake Up: Meditative States in Kyudo

I often find myself in a kind of trance during my shootings … and I’m trying to wake up from it. It usually happens when I’m shooting alone, or when I’m with only a few other people and not talking much. My eyes are half open and glazed, an hour passes without my knowledge, and… Continue reading Wake Up: Meditative States in Kyudo

Douzukuri - The Making of the Torso · Hikiwake - Drawing the Bow · Kai - the Full Draw · Kyudo · Nobiai · Yugamae - The Stance of Holding the Bow

Tatesen – Protecting the Vertical Line

So, it’s pretty easy to understand the first rule of kyudo: Nobiai, expansion. We must expand in the full draw and through the release. We expand equally to the left and the right and this is called the yokosen (横線). This is kyudo, and without it, we’re doing something different altogether. We are then told… Continue reading Tatesen – Protecting the Vertical Line

Douzukuri - The Making of the Torso · Hanare - Release · Image Training · Kyudo

Hanshi Teachings Part IV: Open

This is Part IV, the last of a series of posts called, “Hanshi Teachings” about things I’ve learned from the hanshi level teacher in my dojo. “Open”. I didn’t really understand it at the time. The hanshi sensei had just been telling me about keeping my thumb straight through the form. I had spent about a half… Continue reading Hanshi Teachings Part IV: Open